THC and CBD Cannabinoids are hydrophobic. This means they are oily and tend to repel water. In turn, these compounds don’t mix together. This is why we use like substances to make cannabis edibles. Such substances include butter and oil. However, with the help of a little science, they can be formulated into water-compatible nano-emulsions. In this form, they appear water-soluble. They can be used for CBD or THC water.
What Is “Water-soluble CBD”?
The term “water-soluble CBD” is extensively seen in the medical cannabis industry. “Water-soluble” means able to homogeneously incorporate into water by separating into molecules or ions. However, oily substances are repelled by water which forces them to stay separate.
CBD, THC and other oils can be made water-compatible if they are formulated as oil-in-water nanoemulsions. These are stable and visually homogeneous oil/water mixtures. Nanoemulsions can be prepared in concentrated forms (tens of mg/ml) that are fully miscible with water. Thusly, they appear to be water-soluble. In addition, nanoemulsions can be made translucent and practically tasteless. This means that they can be mixed into water without compromising its optical clarity or taste.
Making Water-soluble CBD or THC
CBD or THC water can be made using a process called nanotechnology. Nanotechnology uses soundwaves to break up CBD clusters into micro-sized particles. These particles are smaller than 100 nanometers. The result is a “water compatible” product that is small enough to dissolve and blend with water molecules. This allows for immediate bioavailability that many brands call the “nano-amplified effect.”
While other CBD products have to reach the digestive system before taking effect, the nano-sized nutrients available in CBD water soar past the blood-brain barrier. They penetrate cells immediately, allowing for nearly 100% bioavailability and absorption. These immediate, CBD-filled effects are why so many people enjoy drinking CBD water over other CBD edibles. It is worthy to note that there are benefits to all of these methods, depending on what you’re looking to achieve.
Benefits Of Water-soluble CBD and THC
Since our bodies are made of ~60% water, CBD naturally resists absorption into the bloodstream. This has a big impact on the bioavailability of some of the most popular and convenient forms of taking CBD and THC. This includes capsules, tinctures, topicals, edibles, and drinks. When oil-based CBD capsules or soft gels are swallowed, studies show that only a small percentage of the substance makes it to the bloodstream. What this means is that a big portion of the CBD ends up being flushed from the body without ever taking effect.
There are still limited studies available to support the exact benefits it provides. There are even fewer studies about the effects of CBD water. In just a few years, both CBD and THC has become immensely popular around the world. Mainly due to its use for treating a wide range of medical conditions and lifestyle diseases.
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